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Sex & Drugs & Lovely violence AN INTERVIEW WITH MATTHEW STOKOE

Photo by Andrea Libonati

When you read Matthew Stokoe, you get a little extra…a kill is not just a kill, sex is not just sex and L.A. turns from a touristic spot with tons of golden plastic statues, green hills and silver stars on the sidewalk into an urban hell where ruthless people eat souls and hearts, break bones and dreams. It‘s a ride you might not forget. Author Matthew Stokoe talks about his book „High Life“ and a bit about life itself…

LV: Some people might be terrified about Los Angeles after reading your novel „High Life“. Can you still give them a little comfort about the place? MS: All I can say is that the western part of L.A. - Santa Monica, West Hollywood, the Hollywood Hills etc. and all along the coast there, is one of the coolest places I've ever been. One of the surprising things about L.A. (at least the parts I've mentioned) is that it has a lot of lush, green foliage, and this, set against a backdrop of Nouveau, Deco and white-walled, red tiled Spanish-Mission architecture, makes the place quite beautiful. And, of course you have the ocean and Pacific Coast Highway which runs alongside it.... I grew up on a diet of American TV shows and movies and I was also obsessed with the whole L.A./Hollywood/movie thing - not so much the stars, but the history of the city and the film industry - and, I tell you, the first time I set foot in L.A. it did not disappoint. It's no exaggeration to say that I felt like I was in a movie - cops with mirror sunglasses, palm trees, crazy dudes on the streets, girls rollerblading, and the sense that here, more than anywhere else in the world, something amazing might happen to you.... The sense of potential in L.A. is something you can almost smell in the air. 20

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LOST VOICES #12  

New issue with brand new stories and poetry and interviews with three great writers. To order a printed copy write to ElVau@gmx.de

LOST VOICES #12  

New issue with brand new stories and poetry and interviews with three great writers. To order a printed copy write to ElVau@gmx.de

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